Sycamore Maple

Acer pseudoplatanus
(Planetree Maple)

The sycamore maple is really the sycamore tree of Europe.  Its bark when mature has broad, flakery scales like our sycamore, but its seed and leaf are like our maples. The leaves have live lobes with toothed edges, but do not turn the brilliant colors we usually associate with maples in the fall. These leaves simply turn a dull brown and fall from the tree. The seeds which cling to the tree during winter are small flat nuts with wings on each side. Children call them "witches' noses" or helicopters.